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Living Near the Edge – A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts

June 23, 2016 6 Comments
Living Near the Edge – A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts

Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. I was reminded of this when I read the following lines from the book of Job in the Office of Readings: The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2). We live just above a fiery cauldron, separated […]

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Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

June 22, 2016 4 Comments
Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

How does it happen that so many people insist on living obstinately in sin until they are ultimately lost? As with all progressive diseases, sin is a sickness that moves through stages, further debilitating and hardening the sinner in his ways. St. Alphonsus Liguori laid out five stages through which sin (if not resisted and […]

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Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities

June 21, 2016 4 Comments
Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities

The Gospel for today’s Mass features three hard sayings of the Lord. They are difficult for us moderns to hear because they offend against modern sensibilities; we easily taken aback by their abrupt quality. Here are the first two “offensive” sayings: Do not give what is holy to dogs, (Mt 7:6) or throw your pearls […]

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The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

June 20, 2016 4 Comments
The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

This post is a kind of follow-on from yesterday’s post as we read the stories of wickedness in ancient Israel and what God did about it. The first reading from Monday’s Mass (of the 12th week of the year) describes a crucial, crushing moment in the history of ancient Israel: the loss of the Northern […]

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Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

June 19, 2016 2 Comments
Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

  The following is from a Homily I preached just prior to our march and prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood “clinic” being built here in Washington, D.C. The first reading at Mass today (Saturday of the 11th week of the year) is from Second Chronicles; it details the reforms of King Joash and then […]

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 18, 2016 2 Comments
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

Today’s Gospel sets forth some parameters for picturing Christ. Sadly, just as in the time of Jesus, many today worship a “designer Messiah.” It is not the real, revealed Christ whom they acknowledge and worship. Rather, it is a Christ of their own fashioning, whom they “carve” in the form of an idol and then […]

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Words Do Not Make Reality, As Seen in a Commercial

June 17, 2016 0 Comments
Words Do Not Make Reality, As Seen in a Commercial

The situation of the man in this commercial reminds me of modern life in general. We talk a lot about freedom, but compulsiveness, addiction, and lack of self-control are more the case with the average person. We have collectively rejected the “Ten Big Laws of God,” declaring our freedom from being told what to do. […]

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A Parable to Ponder – Why Does God Permit Disability?

June 16, 2016 6 Comments
A Parable to Ponder – Why Does God Permit Disability?

Allow me to begin with a simple parable. Every now and then I take a perfectly good paper clip and untwist it, reconfiguring it for some other purpose. Once, I used them to hang Christmas ornaments on my tree. Another time I fashioned a paperclip into a hook to keep my broken file drawer from […]

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